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FilmDirectingTips.com presents The Tuesday Tip: “Understanding Montage”

Understanding Montage

One of the key elements to making a movie (and there are many) is that you must have an understanding of MONTAGE. Montage (editing) is the main element that separates films from photography and theatre.

By carefully using the juxtaposition of images, filmmakers are able to produce certain emotions from the audience by manipulating an actor’s performance.

As a film director, understanding the principles of montage will help you: to create a more visual script; to decide your camera placement; to block your scenes; and to get layered performances from actors.

Russian Director Sergei Eisenstein influenced many early filmmakers with his innovative use of film montage. Watch his famous Odessa Steps montage scene from his 1925 film, Battleship Potemkin. 

This film making tip is from my 238 page Film Directing Online course, The Art and Craft of the Director Audio Seminar. Click here to get a free download of Day One (30 pages) of this multi-media filmmaking course.

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